We all love quoting The Simpsons, but the show has also done tons of quoting of its own, weaving countless references to movies and TV shows into its animation. This clip from Vimeo user cgmzz (Celia Gómez) offers 27 side-by-side comparisons that show just how much detail goes into these homages.
Speaking of his Oscar-nominated animated short We Can’t Live Without Cosmos—about a pair of cosmonauts prepping for a voyage—Konstantin Bronzit told The New Yorker: “[It’s] about our inability to live in human society without exiting, sometimes, to an open space where we can really breathe deeply and freely.”
Born invisible, a young man paints himself blue so that he can be seen and lead a “normal” life that’s actually incredibly, suffocatingly lonely. Until one day... when he catches sight of a woman who’s in a remarkably similar situation. What happens next isn’t entirely surprising, but it’s quite lovely the way it…
Filmmaker Harry Chaskin’s Bygone Behemoth imagines the loneliness of a Godzilla-like movie monster whose career has long since ended, and whose fame has faded from show-biz memory. The stop-motion is wonderful, and the details (d’aww ... Mothra obituary!) are surprisingly moving.
“Gear” is a short film written and directed by Kevin Adams and Joe Ksander. It’s about a girl named Mazzy, who is hiding from the authorities, and her robot friend, Three. The short opens up so many questions we demand more.
Cinephile hotspot Videoport was located in Portland, Maine. But the tale shared in P3’s Videoport: A Short Doc will ring familiar to anyone who has fond memories of prowling the aisles of his or her favorite quirky indie video store, looking for a hidden gem or old favorite to pop into the VCR or DVD player.
There are a lot of films that purport to show us our depressing future. The aftermath of nuclear bombs. Overpopulation. Climate change. And yet, Carmel Joy’s “Final,” with its multiplying computer reminders, is a grim reminder that the dystopia is now.
Raymond McCarthy Bergeron’s candy-colored short film re÷belief has won a huge array of festival awards, and it’s not hard to see why—it’s inventive and pulses with an unusual rhythm. This is due to the process he used to make it: 3D printed zoetropes.
In “Sputnik,” a football-shaped space probe is picked up by an alien. The resulting journey results in a whole new state of mind.
We don’t know who she is, or what’s happened to her in the past, but the mute young protagonist of short science fiction film Strawberries has a very special talent—and she’s had just about enough of the mysterious man who’s been ordering her how to use it.
In horror-comedy short Invaders, a pair of bickering robbers (played by Jordan Woods-Robinson and Ricky Wayne of The Walking Dead) cycle through a series of disguises before deciding to barge a stately home wielding axes and wearing Pilgrim masks. Bad move, guys. Baaaaad move.
“Virtual reality, to me, is the only reality.” So begins Uncanny Valley, a short from Argentina’s Federico Heller that’s on the fast track to becoming a feature, thanks to the efforts of Independence Day: Resurgence writer Carter Blanchard. Watch the film below and see why it’s generated so much excitement.
“In a family headed by a tyrannical father, the younger daughter will regain her freedom on her birthday.” It’s a simple synopsis, but Blood Ties, the dark fantasy film it describes, packs a lot of detail and nuance into just under four dialogue-free minutes, thanks to some gorgeously dreamy animation.
We’ve laughed and cried and seen crazy visions of the future. Robots fell in love, assassins from the future came back, and one minute time machines were used. Here are all the official selections for the Sploid Short Film Festival 2015. Tell us which ones you loved, which ones you watched over and over again and…
You think you had a rough night on the job? Not compared to the hapless hero of Arthur Metcalf’s short, Filthy but Fine, whose “deliver it or else!” ticking-clock quest is complicated by car trouble ... a certain Caped Crusader ... a spooky elevator ... and more.
Ben, the protagonist of this film, doesn’t know if the end of the world is real or if it’s all just a nightmare. But! It’s a nightmare that’s so cool that I actually wouldn’t mind living there. I would sit comfortably on a rooftop, grab a beer, and just watch that beautiful world go to hell.
In Chris Thomas’ deadpan sci-fi comedy Cropped, a brassy, jaded British tour guide runs afoul of her latest group, who aren’t afraid to admit their love of all things extraterrestrial. Naturally, there’s a twist ... and it’s not what you’ll expect.
Dystopian visions of the future always portray scenarios where humans have destroyed Earth and turned it into a desolated and almost uninhabitable place. But our planet probably doesn’t really care. It will just wait us silly humans out until we disappear and then flourish again just as beautiful and full of life as…
Finding a new roommate is complicated enough when the only people making the decision live inside the house. In this kooky animated short, a trio of oddball roommates have to let their sentient house in on the process.